After her win in Vermont, Christine Hallquist could be first transgender governor

Marco Green
August 15, 2018

She quit her job at the co-op earlier this year so she could run for office, saying Gov. Phil Scott his ignored the interests of rural Vermonters.

Within a few minutes of announcing Scott's win, the news service also called the Democratic primary for Christine Hallquist, making her the first transgender gubernatorial candidate in the nation.

The win "is a defining moment in the movement for trans equality", Annise Parker, president and CEO of LGBTQ Victory Fund, which seeks to elect lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender candidates, said in a statement. Republican voters are deciding between Leah Vukmir and Kevin Nicholson to challenge Democratic U.S. Sen.

The contest comes at a time of uncertainty for transgender rights, which expanded under the administration of Democratic President Barack Obama. Vermont's Constitution doesn't have an age requirement, it just requires candidates to have lived in the state for four years.

If Hallquist defeats the incumbent Scott in November, she will become the first transgender governor in US history. He is expected to decline the nomination though and run again as an independent. Four Democratic candidates and two Republican candidates are vying for the Vermont governor seat. She was open about her 2015 transition and allowed news organizations to chronicle the change. Seventeen have lost primary or general elections and 21 have yet to face voters, Casey's research shows. In Virginia, Danica Roem became the first out transgender person to be elected to the state legislature.

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